New South Wales Amateur to be hotly contested

BY | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2004 New South Wales Amateur Championship | Preview | 30 Jan 2004
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Over 260 players will converge on St Michael’s and Moore Park Golf Clubs this weekend with the intention of having their name inscribed on the Volkswagen NSW Amateur Championship trophy along side the names of such greats as Jack Newton, Brett Ogle, Peter O’Malley, Tony Gresham and more recently, Brendan Jones, now making a name for himself on the Japanese circuit and qualifier for the 2004 British Open.

Favourite amongst the New South Wales players will be Won Joon Lee who finished fourth at Lake Macquarie, Andrew McKenzie, runner up in the NSW Open in November last year, and Mitchell Brown, winner of the 2003 Australian Medal.

They will not have it all their own way with competition coming from a strong international and interstate contingent, who opted to continue their stay in Australia following the Lake Macquarie International at Belmont Golf Club last weekend.

Foremost amongst these will the reigning Irish Amateur Champion Noel Fox, Brian McElhinney (Ireland) who is the holder of European Amateur Champion as well as the Northern Ireland Amateur, Gary Lockerbie, English Amateur Champion and Bradley Iles, runner in the 2003 Australian Amateur Championship.

Other internationals are: Matthew Richardson, Sam Osborne, Martin Sell and William Miller from England, Craig Smith and Gareth Wright from Wales, Matthew Holten, Jae An (youngest qualifier at 13 years of age for the NZ Open), Mark Purser, Riki Kauika, Mark Smith, Doug Holloway, Josh Geary, Clark Harrison, Scott Trebilco, Kevin Chun from New Zealand. From Ireland we have brothers Stephen and Darren Crowe, Michael McGeady, Brian McElhinney, while Gareth Martin, Patrick Erickson and Lindsay Bernakevitch will be representing Canada, Thomas Waddell, Scotland, Eric Chun, Malaysia and brothers Daniel and Nicholas Soglanich will be representing South Africa.

The Volkswagen NSW Medal will be contested over 72 holes. On Saturday 31st January, half the field of 270 will play at Moore Park, while the other half will play at St. Michael’s. The players will swap courses on Sunday after which the top 60 plus ties will contest the final 36 holes at Moore Park on Monday. At the conclusion of the Medal, 32 players qualify for the Volkswagen NSW Amateur Championship, which follows a 36 hole knock-out match play format for four days, beginning on Wednesday and concluding on Sunday 8 February at The Royal Sydney Golf Club.

Source – NSWGA

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